Setting up your WordPress website should be simple, right?
It is if you know what you’re doing.
If you’ve never done it before and you’re overwhelmed by the thousands of website hosting providers, domain name registrars, resellers, affiliates, and service companies available, I’ve got a simple solution for you.
What you need:
- A domain name – this is how people will find your site.
- Website hosting service – this is where the actual files that make up your website are stored and served to users.
- WordPress installed – your hosting server is just a blank slate until you install WordPress. (You could also use an alternative content management system (CMS) or upload your own files, but we’re focusing on WordPress)
The easiest way to get set up:
Step 1. Go to Bluehost
- Click the “Get Started Now” button.
- For most individual/startup purposes, the “starter” package will work great. Click “select” on the starter package.
- Enter in your “new domain” name (use instantdomainsearch.com to find an available domain). Once you’ve found one that is available and entered it, click “next.”
- Enter in your account information. Unless you know that you need one of these options, uncheck the add-on options, then enter your credit card details, review terms and conditions, and place your order.
Step 2. Install WordPress (option A)
Now that you’ve signed up with Bluehost, you’ve already accomplished the first two requirements – you have a domain name and hosting service!
Installing the default WordPress configuration is super simple and Bluehost has already created a video to help you do this:
Follow those steps, login, and you’re done! Now it’s time to get to work building your website.
WordPress Install Option B:
The default WordPress configuration is a great starting point, but there is an awful lot that could be added to it for improvement. Here are some examples of potential pitfalls with the default WordPress install:
- There’s no way to create forms for your website.
- There’s no way to backup your website just in case something goes wrong.
- There’s a single default theme (front-end appearance) that comes with every single WordPress installation.
- You can’t easily change settings for search engine optimization (SEO) on your pages and posts.
- There is some default demo content that you’ll need to delete before you launch the site.
- There aren’t easy options to make your site more secure – like two-step authentication where you have to use your mobile device.
What’s amazing about the WordPress ecosystem is that there are prebuilt fixes for a lot of these issues. There are thousands of themes and plugins available to help you overcome these problems – and many are free.
Many of the best tools, however, are premium, paid themes and plugins.
They typically aren’t too expensive, but the costs add up based on what you might need.
The other factor to consider is that you need to invest a lot of time to figure out the best ones to use, know how to recover in case installing a plugin breaks your site, and learn how all the pieces play together.
The time and money adds up if you need WordPress customization.
Fortunately, there’s a better way to do this.
Over the last 5 years, I’ve spearheaded development on a custom WordPress installation at my company, GuavaBox.
The result is the GuavaBox Custom Install.
This comes preloaded with optimized settings, hardened security, and over $3,000 worth of premium WordPress resources included.
What’s on the inside?
- Over 60 training videos and a complete training manual to walk you through all the common WordPress tasks.
- An amazing tool to easily create one-click full site and database backups to keep your site secure and allow you to easily restore your website in case of emergency.
- The best SEO plugin available, plus a local SEO add-on for local businesses and organizations.
- The fastest and most secure theme framework on the market, the Genesis Framework by StudioPress.
- The list goes on, but you get the idea.
The GuavaBox Custom Install is the tool we use to start every web development project and it saves our team 20-30 hours on every project.
How can you get the GuavaBox Custom Install?
It’s a simple two-step process:
- Follow this link to sign up with Bluehost for a domain and hosting.
- Fill out this application form, including your Bluehost credentials so we can get you set up and ready to go!
Comment below or contact me directly with any questions!